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Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late 20s, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born --- a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam --- and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class and masculinity.

Week of May 31, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of May 31st include IF IT BLEEDS, an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas from Stephen King, each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places; Shari Lapena's fifth domestic thriller, THE END OF HER, in which the well-ordered lives of a young married couple are shattered when a tragic accident from the past is brought into their present, threatening to destroy everything; FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER by Rachel Beanland, which finds three generations of a family grappling with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets over the course of one summer; Anna Solomon's THE BOOK OF V., a bold, kaleidoscopic novel intertwining the lives of three women across three centuries as their stories of sex, power and desire finally converge in the present day; and GROUP by Christie Tate, the refreshingly original debut memoir of a guarded, over-achieving, self-lacerating young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to get psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers --- her psychotherapy group.